AmphibiaWeb - Chiromantis petersii


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Chiromantis petersii Boulenger, 1882
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
genus: Chiromantis

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A rather small Chiromantis from the dry savanna in eastern Africa, with reduced webbing. Often with irregular longitudinal lines on the back. No distinct lateral markings. Area covered by folded legs and arms not darkened. Vomerine teeth placed between choanae, at most extending marginally behind the posterior level of the choanae. Broad web extends not more than 30% of distance between tubercles of the third finger.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, United Republic of


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Southern Kenya and Tanzania. Apparently confined to the dry savanna. The distribution may actually be more narrow from Kenya southwards than is shown on the map, but records are lacking.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The voice is a quiet slow creaking. Development occurs as in the other members of the genus. The foam nest may be attached to grass or rocks overhanging small temporary pools. Tadpoles have a tooth formula developing from 1,1+1/1+1,1 till 1,3+3/1+1,2.

Updated by A. Schiøtz, 2008.


Poynton, J. C. (2000). ''Foam-nest treefrogs in eastern Africa (Anura Rhacophoridae Chiromantis) : taxonomic complexities.'' African Journal of Herpetology, 49, 111-128.

Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2000-12-25)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-30)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Chiromantis petersii <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 19, 2024.

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